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Job Opening: Export Manager

Terms and Conditions:

  • Job Title: Export Manager – Cumbria Region
  • Salary: Up to £44,660 per annum
  • Based: The Cumbria LEP
  • Contract: Fixed Term until 31 March 2021
  • Hours of work: Monday - Friday (Agile working environment depending on diary)
  • Holiday Allowance: 25 days plus 8 Bank holidays


The Growth Company in partnership with the Cumbria LEP, and the Department for International Trade are looking to recruit an Export Manager to lead on the establishment and development of an Export Plan for the Cumbria Region, working with the LEP/LA, DIT, business, sector and partner organisations across Cumbria. Based at the LEP in Cumbria, the Export Manager will map out, engage and drive collaborations with key trade and business support parties within the local ecosystem to ensure maximisation of existing export services, local programmes and activity to increase international trade across Cumbria, achieve the trade priorities set out in the local International Strategy/the Local Industrial Strategy, and to achieve DIT and the LEP’s objectives.

The Cumbrian economy generates £12bn and is home to 500,000 people. Across England’s LEP areas we stand out in terms of our large geographical size of 6,800sq. miles combined with a relatively low population. This means that Cumbria has by far the lowest population density and economic output density of any LEP area. Cumbria therefore faces particular challenges from the degree to which our businesses are spread out over a large area, in terms of delivery of services, linkages between businesses and travel to work and learn distances. Cumbria’s economy is one of the most concentrated areas of manufacturing in the UK: 23% of our GVA and 16% of our employment comes from manufacturing. We are home to world class manufacturing firms that export globally and are at the forefront of innovation.

Cumbria is a major player in the UK’s energy sector: a world recognised centre for nuclear expertise, especially in decommissioning technologies and innovation; in integration development of defence nuclear power transmission in submarines; home to over 20% of the UK’s windfarm generation capacity including the UK’s largest off-shore wind farm, which is at the leading edge of energy generation improvements; a centre for the oil and gas sector and home to a strong cluster of firms in the offshore sub-sea sector; and a location of opportunities and expertise in several other forms of energy.

The region is globally recognised for its beauty and natural capital – with nearly 50 million visitors each year coming to visit. Cumbria and the world-renowned Lake District, the country’s most visited National Park with the greatest level of tourism activity and now a World Heritage Site.

Cumbria is a market-leader in the practical application of natural capital to the sustainable management of land and agriculture, building on the opportunities from World Heritage Status for the Lake District and a centre for innovative value-added production from land-based industries.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with DIT, Local Authorities, Chambers of Commerce, Universities and other business support organisations and key stakeholders to develop a regional Export Plan to increase international trade with a strong focus on supporting earlier stage businesses and SMEs to plan for international growth. The Plan will be developed in line with the Region’s Internationalisation Strategy/Local Industrial Strategy and will include priority markets, key sectors and trade implications of EU exit, as appropriate
  • Establish an International Trade Working Group with key stakeholders to drive engagement, activity, programmes and implementation of the Export Plan. The Group will input into Northern Powerhouse Trade & Investment activity whilst delivering on local priorities. Contribute to an active network of Exporters, building on existing cadres of Export Champions, Export Clubs and Programmes, utilising their expertise to leverage increased exports.
  • Map out, engage and establish export collaborations with key parties within the trade and business support ecosystem across the region, including trade and sector representatives, private partners, exporting networks and agencies and other key Business partners.
  • Build on existing systems and intelligence to drive further export activity, within the LEP, DIT and other stakeholders with a focus on sector, product, market and scalability. Report on impact and KPIs based on these metrics and the implementation of the Export Plan.
  • Work closely with the appropriate Managers to continue expansion of internationalisation of services and support within the region and wider partners. This could include development of appropriate delivery tools, assets for client facing staff and sector led activity ensuring that the colleagues are trained and supported to increase international trade outputs.
  • Explore by sector how to get greater interest and active engagement in export activity in conjunction with DIT ITA Sector Leads.
  • Support the delivery of a Regional Growth Service; and identify and engage significant businesses that DIT isn’t already active with, including making referrals to DIT ITAs as appropriate.
  • Fulfil all the contractual obligations relating to the funding for this post, including delivery of outputs and associated paperwork is accurately completed
  • Foresee and maintain a high level of awareness of national policy and programme developments related to international trade, be able to influence and contribute to these and relate such developments back to service delivery across a range of local delivery partners.
  • Other duties that may reasonably be required for the fulfilment of this Programme and the work of the organisation.


  • Contributory pension scheme - you pay in a minimum of 4% of your salary and we’ll pay 6%
  • 25 days holidays with 8 bank holidays increasing with length of service with the option of purchasing up to 10 days holiday per year
  • Flexible dress code based on your diary
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave benefits
  • Loans for public transport season tickets
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • The opportunity to join a private healthcare scheme at a discounted rate

The Growth Company aims to promote a culture of flexibility and agile working. Pre-covid, part of our recruitment strategy was to discuss any suggestions from candidates as to how the responsibilities of any of our roles could be met through a flexible approach to hours and or location. Now we are following the government’s advice for all our staff to work from home where possible. Going forward we will be transitioning to a culture where full agile working will be a feature of many of our roles.

Should you apply for any of our roles, we will be following a virtual recruitment process with online interviews, as well as online assessments (where required). This will be explained to you further, should you reach interview stage. Face to face interviews will only take place where necessary. At all times we follow government guidelines in relation to Covid-19 in order to safeguard our employees or anyone visiting our sites. Should a face to face meeting be required, we will be more than happy to explain the measures we have put in place, ahead of you attending any of our premises. Reasonable adjustments for interviews, whether virtual or face to face, will be considered.

Applications with CV and covering letter to be sent to by Friday 23 October 2020.

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